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Roland Hinton Perry
Roland Hinton Perry, sculptor and painter, was born in New York City. His father, George Perry, was a journalist and his mother, Ione Hinton Perry, an aritst who had studied with Launt Thompson. Educated in private schools, Perry studied art at the Art Students League beginning at the age of sixteen. Three years later, Perry passed the exam and entered Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1890, where he briefly studied with the landscape painter Paul-Louis Delance.
At the age of 21, however, Perry turned his attention to the studios of the Academie Deleceuse in Paris and found sculpture to be his true talent. He then entered the atelier of sculptor Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu at the Academie Julian.
Shortly after returning from his studies abroad in 1894, Perry received the comission for the series of bas-reliefs representing the Sibyls in the Library of Congress. As a result of the success in carrying out the order came the second comission in 1895 to design the fifty foot wide Fountain of Neptune, in front of the Library of Congress.
In 1905, he was married to a cousin, Irma, in New York. He maintained a studio on West 10th Street in Greenwich Village and a summer home / studio in the Berkshires.
In 1905, Perry, now a renowned sculptor, executed the working model of the statue on the Pennsylvania Capitol dome, Commonwealth. Capitol architect, Joseph Huston, designed and drew the specifications for the gilded bronze statue. Weighing three tons and standing 14 feet tall, nearly 250 feet above street level, the classically designed statue represents the ideals upon which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded.
Other important public commissions include Fountains of Hercules, and Fountains of Prometheus, for the Pan-American Exposition of 1901, the bas-reliefs for the lobby of the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street, New York (1903), the lion sculptures on the Connecticut Avenue Bridge in Washington, D.C. He also sculpted Civil War memorials at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee and a World War I memorial for the 38th Regiment in Syracuse, New York in 1920.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Perry modelled a few garden figures such as Boy with Fish in 1914 and Daughter of Pan in 1916.
He also created statuettes and inkwells to decorate the home. By 1930, with the change in the economy, he returned to painting, and become a successful society portraitist.
Perry was a member of the Grand Central Art Gallery and the National Sculpture Society. The 1900 census lists him as a member of the Players' and National Arts Clubs, and the Architectural League.